The experienced instructors at Body Experience Fitness Studio view closeness as a key ingredient to health. Their group studio accommodates a maximum of 18 students, allowing enough space for dynamic Zumba steps and reaching stretches while simultaneously preserving an air of intimacy. During classes, they foster the familiar atmosphere by giving personalized directions—yoga poses might shift to include challenging poses for advanced yogis or a supportive chair assist for beginners, and the tension of resistance bands can rise if pupils accidentally use pantyhose instead of sanctioned resistance bands.
Their curriculum includes lessons in varied fields, from boot-camp drills to Hatha sequences, and their histories are just as diverse. For example, trainer Shelly Haag entered the fitness industry to combat her fibromyalgia, and registered yoga teacher Heidi Rohrbeck simply seeks to augment the happiness of others. However, the staff shares the goal of holistic health improvement, regardless of age, body type, and limitations.
Melanie has been active in the health community—as a fitness consultant, personal training, and yoga and Pilates teacher—for more than 14 years. But it wasn’t until she discovered pole fitness while mining that she was able to combine all her passions into one activity. As she started experimenting with pole fitness, she felt her experience with yoga, Pilates, and fitness classes coming together into one comprehensive workout. She knew that with her background in health and fitness, and passion for pole fitness, she would be able to help students achieve their fitness goals. And so PoleFIT Revolution was born. Today, she and a team of instructors teach a variety of classes, such as pole fitness, aerial yoga, boot camp, and stretching classes to ensure all students are receiving the workout that best suits their body.
SVS Vision Center?s founders opened their first shop in Sterling Heights, Michigan, in 1974 to help the community clear up its vision. But even these optical gurus never foresaw their humble business expanding to more than 60 locations sprawled across 8 states. Today, each shop continues the tradition of ensuring ocular health and crystalline sight, beginning with exams from seasoned optometrists. Afterward, patients head to the optical dispensary, where they try on frames by Coach, Tiffany, Nike, Versace, or Ray-Ban. The staff then fits the stylish selection with polarized and scratch-protected prescription lenses to help guests read books clearly or see a charging moose from a distance. Most of SVS Vision Center?s frames can also hold sunglass lenses as well, eliminating squinting during summer months and tropical vacations.
At Bad Boy Gym, amateur athletes train toward fitness prowess through kickboxing, in a no-frills, full-boxing-ring environment. The gym?s powerhouse instructors shepherd students through group sessions to blast fat from bodies as they train under the royal-blue ceiling. Insanity classes put students to the test with intense intervals of cardio kickboxing to forge a full-body, and cardio-conditioning workout. Eschewing group classes for the plentiful bonus balls and resistance bands, guests can forge fitness paths on their own. They can improve their musculature by shadowboxing in the ring, whip endurance levels into shape with jump ropes, or pummel a punching bag until it promises to train them personally.
While almost everything else that is five millennia old has fossilized, the ancient practice of yoga remains relevant. At The Yoga Studio Downtown, teachers with a minimum of 200 training hours teach students the age-old art, which builds strength, enhances flexibility, and aids with stress management. The studio?s classes range from hot Vinyasa, which is a flowing style taught in an 85-degree room, to Hatha, where meditations help to clear students? minds without making them forget their Social Security numbers. Expectant mothers can stretch with low-impact poses in prenatal-yoga classes. Studio workshops on partner yoga, meditation, and other specialty topics round out the schedule.
Natural sunlight streams in from the windows, illuminating the soft floors and a sturdy brass bar that extends the length of the mirrored wall. Here, a staff of expert instructors teaches students of all needs and goals in a range of cardio and strength-training fitness classes up to nine times a day.
Instructors specialize in Barre Method classes, drawing from classical dance techniques to work the entire body with free weights, a ballet barre, and human-size nutcrackers filled with sand. Additionally, they break out suspension straps for TRX training, mount stationary bikes during spin sessions, and push play on heart-thumping Latin music during cardio-centric Zumba dance classes.